W/M/DBE Resources

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City of Birmingham Resources

Birmingham Airport Authority

The DBE Programs seek to ensure DBEs have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts by removing barriers to the participation of DBEs and assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE Program. The website offers the opportunity to register for a DBE directory.

Federal Resources

InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge

Sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA), this challenge awards three winners $30,000 in prize money for businesses that have an impact on the lives of women.

Minority Business Development Agency

MBDA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes the growth of minority-owned businesses through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy and research.

Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Incentives

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is responsible for ensuring that small businesses are treated fairly and have an opportunity to compete and be selected for a fair amount of the agency’s contracting and subcontracting dollars. Please check with the OSDBU office that you are interested in pursuing business opportunities.

Small Business Administration 8A Program

The federal government tries to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year. To help provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business Development program.

Small Business Administration HUB Zone Program

The Office of the HUBZone Program’s mission is to promote job growth, capital investment, and economic development to historically underutilized business zones, referred to as HUBZones, by providing contracting assistance to small businesses located in these economically distressed communities.

Non-profit Resources

Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce

The ASBCC is a non-profit entity committed to advancing the economic, intellectual, and social conditions of its affiliates and members and the communities that they serve throughout Alabama.


Since 1968, the AT&T Global Supplier Diversity organization has connected certified diverse minority-, women- and service-disabled veteran- and LGBT-owned business enterprises with opportunities to provide products and services to AT&T around the world. Our program is structured around internal and external initiatives. AT&T’s robust supplier program ensures diverse suppliers are identified, considered and mentored during throughout the sourcing process.

Birmingham Construction Industry Authority

The Birmingham Construction Industry Authority (BCIA) is one of several voluntary programs that are collectively referred to as “The Birmingham Plan”, a plan established in 1990 and designed to overcome the critical under-utilization of Minority and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MBE/DBE) in the City of Birmingham’s economic growth.

Birmingham Metro Black Chamber of Commerce

The Birmingham Metro Black Chamber of Commerce is a private nonprofit body serving cities and counties in the surrounding areas. The BMBCC is the only sanctioned central Alabama affiliate of the Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce. Our objective is to assist in growing and maintaining a well-built, effective, and incorporated business community.

Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama

¡HICA! envisions an Alabama in which everyone has full and equal participation in our state’s civic, cultural, social, and economic life. Hispanic and immigrant families are empowered to integrate, engage, and lead their communities to reach their families’ aspirations.

UAB Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Supportive Services (DBESS) provides technical and management assistance to minority and women owned business enterprises (MBEs and WBEs) interested in doing business with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). Each year the DBESS provide workshops to enhance the performance of the DBE Firms certified with ALDOT.